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Posted 2021 July 11

I've been trying to find an explanation for why this team is called the Knights. It's not a name with a clear connection to the city like "Hornets" has. (For those who don't know, during the Revolutionary War Lord Cornwallis referred to the Charlotte area, at that time little more than a crossroads not too far from the frontier, as a "vertiable nest of hornets".) There's only a vague relation to the city's nickname (the Queen City), so it's hard to say whether the nickname was a factor at all. And there's not an older team called the Charlotte Knights to be the inspiration for this team. But I've had no luck. All I've been able to find is that the team, previously known as the Charlotte Orioles, was bought by George Shinn (owner of the original NBA Charlotte Hornets) the same year that the Hornets debuted, and he changed the name. Nothing I found gave any reason for the selection. Maybe he just liked how it sounded. It's not a bad name by any stretch, but it is a little generic. Then again, the only obvious, non-generic name was in use by the NBA team, so any name the baseball team could have was likely to be generic.

As for the logo, it's quite straightforward: a close helmet in front of a C. The three peaks on the helmet are a little fanciful, but there were actual close helmets that were similarly fanciful (used more in tournaments than on the battlefield), so no complaints there. The C, on the other hand, is a little odd. I'm not sure what effect the bottom part is supposed to be. A bird's wing? A hurricane? a circular saw? You will note that none of these make any sense as a reference to knights. And that's my point: whatever that's supposed to be, it makes no sense as a feature on a logo for the team called the Knights. I assume they were trying to to something to keep it from looking too much like a standard font, but I'm sure they could have done so without making it confusing.

Or maybe I'm just overthinking it (it would hardly be the first time). All in all it's a strong logo, so why get hung up on one detail? Same with the name: maybe it's a bit generic, but it still works. In the end, that's what's important.

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